BIA shows off information technology facility (March 2, 2004)
Photos Courtesy BIA. The first indication of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' attention to computer security comes before a visitor even arrives at the agency's new information technology center. The public is only supposed to know that it's...
Calif. tribal leaders target of recall petition (March 2, 2004)
The chairman and three council members of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California are being accused of abuse of power. According to The Oakland Tribune, 27 tribal member have signed a petition against chairman Don Arnold and...
Kiowa leaders denounce recall election as bogus (March 2, 2004)
The leaders of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma say an election to recall them was "bogus." Clifford McKenzie told The Daily Oklahoman he doesn't plan on stepping down until June, when his term ends. "It's really a joke. They have...
National homeland security response plan approved (March 2, 2004)
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced the approval of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the nation's first standardized management plan that creates a unified chain of command for federal, state, tribal and local lines of government. Secretary...
Supreme Court move benefits gaming companies (March 2, 2004)
Shares of several gaming manufacturers rose on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case challenging the use of electronic machines at tribal casinos. Multimedia Games Inc. (MGAM), the leading supplier of machines to tribes...
Tribal foes in Conn. want lobbyists out of BIA (March 2, 2004)
Critics of the federal recognition process and Indian gaming said lobbyists should not be allowed at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Jeff Benedict, head of the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino Expansion, said lobbyists are deciding who should get federal recognition....
Yellow Bird: Sound of birds heralds arrival of spring (March 2, 2004)
"I turned down the heat in my apartment a couple of weeks ago, so it was chilly when the daylight woke me Monday morning. I expected to see a warm spring sun. But when I peeked out of the covers,...
Two boys found dead on Flathead Reservation (March 2, 2004)
Tribal and local police are investigating the deaths of two 11-year-old boys on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The boys died over the weekend in a field near a tribal housing development. Autopsy results are being awaited but signs point...
Lumbee Tribe accused of substandard housing (March 2, 2004)
A Lumbee woman is asking a North Carolina county to withdraw its support for federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe. Elisha Dial said the tribe has provided her with substandard housing and has ignored her complaints. The Hoke County commissioners...
Report says tribe experienced 'indirect' prejudice (March 2, 2004)
A report being evaluated by the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights concludes the the Coast Miwok Tribe of California experienced "indirect prejudice." Tribal members submitted 38 examples, including newspaper letters and editorials, to bolster claims of racism. Panel members...
Ore. tribe seeks to revive state archive center (March 2, 2004)
The Burns Paiute Tribe of Oregon is hoping to turn a state archives center into a money-making venture. The center was created to store records for state agencies but has seen little use. So state auditors are recommending to get...
Don Young plays tough in name of transportation bill (March 2, 2004)
Many call him a bully but Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) is used to getting his way. He faces a big test of his might this year with $375 billion transportation bill that President Bush is threatening to veto. Young named...
Scalia asked to step down from Cheney energy case (March 2, 2004)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would let Justice Antonin Scalia decide whether to recuse himself from Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force case. In December, the court agreed to hear the dispute, in which Cheney is...
Alaska Natives travel far and wide in name of sports (March 2, 2004)
Sports teams in Alaska Native villages face unique challenges. Practicing in very cold weather is one of them. Finding competitors is another. With some villages thousands of miles apart, teams end up flying, ferrying and occasionally snowmobiling to the next...
Census challenges help tribes win more federal funds (March 2, 2004)
Tribe unsatisfied with the way the U.S. Census Bureau counts their members and other American Indians have recourse under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA). With undercounts among Native Americans the highest in the nation, the...
Super Tuesday for Kerry and Edwards in 10 states (March 2, 2004)
Democrats in 10 states will go to the polls today in what is called Super Tuesday. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner, could lock up the presidential nomination with big wins, observers say. According to The Washington Post, he...
Extradition hearing for Aquash murder suspect delayed (March 2, 2004)
A Canadian judge granted a delay in extradition proceedings for a Canadian Native man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. The hearing was scheduled to take place yesterday but won't occur until March 29. U.S. authorities...
Janklow asks for release from jail pending appeal (March 2, 2004)
Former South Dakota Congressman and governor Bill Janklow (R) is asking to be released from jail as early as today pending appeal of his conviction of felony manslaughter. Janklow has asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to review the verdict...
Daschle: Missouri River plan ignores sacred sites (March 2, 2004)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a draft of its operations plans for Missouri River dams and reservoirs. Public comments are due between March 5 and March 19. The system was created by uprooting several tribes. Prime...
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